Southern Cross to carry Texas wind power through Mississippi

JACKSON, Miss. — A San Francisco-based renewable energy company wants Mississippi regulators to approve a $1.4 billion power transmission line that would carry electricity from wind generated in Texas to the Southeast. The Southern Cross Transmission line would extend from Texas through Desoto Parish in Louisiana,…

Bovine TB found in western Michigan cow from Indiana

BROOKVILLE, Ind. — Authorities say bovine tuberculosis has been found in a cow in a small beef herd in western Michigan’s Lake County. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said Wednesday that the infected, 3-year-old cow had been imported from an infected herd in…

ESPN lays off dozens of on-air personalities

In a message sent Wednesday to ESPN employees, network president John Skipper announced the company was beginning its next round of layoffs, a long-anticipated move that is expected to thin the ranks of ESPN’s on-air and online talent. “A necessary component of managing change involves constantly…

West Chicago man charged in fatal Hanover Park hit-and-run

An 83-year-old man has been charged in the hit-and-run crash that killed an Elmhurst woman riding her motorcycle in Hanover Park, authorities said Wednesday. Ramon M. Barajas, of the 800 block of East Grand Lake Boulevard in West Chicago, is charged with leaving the scene of…

Robert Feder brings media column to Daily Herald

Longtime Chicago area media reporter Robert Feder is bringing his media column to the Daily Herald and its sister publications, the newspaper announced Wednesday. Feder, who has been reporting on Chicago area media for nearly four decades, will continue to write his daily media blog at…

McDonald’s new dark gray uniforms prompt sci-fi comparisons

NEW YORK — McDonald’s new uniforms are prompting some teasing online, with comments saying the gray-toned shirts and aprons make employees look like they’re part of totalitarian regimes. Among the comparisons being made on social media to an image of the new uniforms : characters from…

Boy struck by vehicle near Wheeling High School

A 12-year-old boy is in stable condition after he was struck by a vehicle near Wheeling High School on Tuesday, police said. The boy was in a crosswalk at the intersection of Hintz Road and Sherwood Drive when a westbound vehicle driven by a 17-year-old struck…

Chicago Bears GM: We like three players at No. 3 NFL draft pick

It’s an exciting time for general manager Ryan Pace and the Bears organization because they have the third overall pick in a strong draft that begins with Round One Thursday night. With a high pick, however, comes a great deal of pressure to draft an immediate-impact…

Hastert loses $28,000 state lawmaker pension after vote

Two suburban members of the board governing the Illinois General Assembly’s public pension system were the only dissenters Wednesday in a vote that revokes former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert’s legislative pension. The five members of the seven-member board who voted to strip Hastert of his…

Prosecutors: Man tried to ditch tow truck after I-88 road-rage murder

Bond has been set at $3 million for a 34-year-old Lansing man charged with first-degree murder in what state police termed a road-rage shooting Friday on the Reagan Tollway in Oak Brook. Anthony Tillmon, who is being held in DuPage County jail, appeared Wednesday morning in…

Lisle-Woodridge names new fire chief

A 27-year firefighting veteran, Keith Krestan, has been named chief of the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District, becoming the first in district history to rise through the ranks to head the department. He replaces Tom Freeman, who left last fall to take the reins of the Elmhurst Fire…

German au pair wins award for work with St. Charles family

Although they are almost 4,300 miles apart, a video call linked the Donehoo family of St. Charles with their former au pair, Julia Brockmeyer of Hannover, Germany to make a very important announcement in March. Brockmeyer won the 2017 Cultural Care Au Pair of the Year…

West Chicago man, 83, charged in fatal hit-and-run crash in Hanover Park

An 83-year-old man has been charged in connection with a hit-and-run crash that killed an Elmhurst woman riding her motorcycle Monday in Hanover Park, authorities said Wednesday. Ramon M. Barajas, of the 800 block of East Grand Lake Boulevard in West Chicago, is charged with failure…

St. Edward grad Kossakowski balances a busy life at NIU

Balancing life as a college student and an NCAA Division I athlete is tough enough. For St. Edward product Kali Kossakowski it’s been even trickier as she moves closer to earning her nursing degree at Northern Illinois University. “It’s always busy during the season,” said Kossakowski,…

Why Winfield Dist. 34 superintendent captured state honors

Strange, isn’t it, how in a lifetime made of countless moments, a couple always seem to stick with you? Gwynne Kell understands. Here she is, for example, being honored this week in Springfield by the Illinois Association of School Administrators as a Superintendent of Distinction. It’s…

Giant rabbit’s death adds to United Airlines woes

LONDON — United Airlines is reviewing the handling of a giant rabbit that died after it was shipped across the Atlantic on one of the carrier’s flights, adding to a growing list of customer complaints for the U.S. carrier. Distraught breeder Annette Edwards told The Associated…

Suburban gymnastics coach held in Prairie Path attack

A 31-year-old Winfield man and Bartlett gymnastics coach is being held on $200,000 bond in DuPage County jail after confessing Tuesday to attacking a woman on the Illinois Prairie Path near Wheaton. He also took responsibility for a similar attack last September, authorities say. Matthew D.…